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I never really understood fighting and why people love to do it until I became an MMA practitioner. I was just never the type, dorky looking hapa (mix of white and Asian) kid that never could push past 130lbs and still has a problem killing insects. That all changed the moment I received my first dazing punch to my face. I write this because I have the up most respect to anyone who has ever stepped into the ring or octagon. So today I dedicate my post to the one and only “Prodigy” BJ Penn. I couldn’t put into words what this guy has meant to not only me but Hawaii. That was until I read a very inspirational post from my friend and coach Mr. Chris West. 
The following quote was taken from Chris West. 
"Everybody is always asking me about BJ and what I think….Let’s just get it out there so people can stop asking. I may be biased, but I think BJ is the greatest "Fighter" in UFC history. A friend of mine who has coached some of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, Robert Follis, said….”In MMA there are athletes, competitors and fighters.” After explaining what he meant, I’t all made sense to me. I normally take BJ losses hard. He’s a friend and I am a fan, so it’s usually a double whammy for me. After receiving that enlightening the other night, I realized that there was one thing that no one in the UFC has ever done better than BJ and that was being a “Fighter”. BJ is a combination of a gifted athlete and a fighter. His nickname “the Prodigy” came from his ability to make such a huge impact on BJJ and MMA in such a short amount of time. His flexibility, strength and timing made him that. Coaches from all sports talk about the “intangibles”. Those “intangibles” are what makes BJ great. As a “competitor” BJ was not necessarily the best and here is why….Of course BJ wanted to win all his fights, but more important to him than winning was the challenge. He never cared about “padding” his record. He never cared about “warm up” fights. The end result was never the reason he took fights. He has and continues to want to fight the best and toughest guys out there…..PERIOD. Demand a champion from another weight class meet him half way between the weight classes before he fights him? Never! He went to where they were and fought them. Hold a guy down on the ground and try to win in boring fashion? Never! He tried to finish everyone he fought. Use his world class BJJ to win fights? Not his first choice….he wanted to knock people out regardless of how big, strong or heavy an opponent was. He never cared if he was the underdog or if others thought he was foolish for fighting heavier opponents. He just wanted to “Scrap.”
So in closing, is BJ the greatest MMA has ever seen……definitely in the conversation but arguable. Is BJ the greatest “FIGHTER” the UFC has ever seen…..undeniable. B….whatever you decide you need to do for your future, I will always be a friend and fan! Much love brother!”

Couldn’t have said it any better. Mahalo nui loa BJ Penn for all that you have done and will do for the future of martial arts locally and globally.

I never really understood fighting and why people love to do it until I became an MMA practitioner. I was just never the type, dorky looking hapa (mix of white and Asian) kid that never could push past 130lbs and still has a problem killing insects. That all changed the moment I received my first dazing punch to my face. I write this because I have the up most respect to anyone who has ever stepped into the ring or octagon. So today I dedicate my post to the one and only “Prodigy” BJ Penn. I couldn’t put into words what this guy has meant to not only me but Hawaii. That was until I read a very inspirational post from my friend and coach Mr. Chris West. 

The following quote was taken from Chris West. 

"Everybody is always asking me about BJ and what I think….Let’s just get it out there so people can stop asking. I may be biased, but I think BJ is the greatest "Fighter" in UFC history. A friend of mine who has coached some of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, Robert Follis, said….”In MMA there are athletes, competitors and fighters.” After explaining what he meant, I’t all made sense to me. I normally take BJ losses hard. He’s a friend and I am a fan, so it’s usually a double whammy for me. After receiving that enlightening the other night, I realized that there was one thing that no one in the UFC has ever done better than BJ and that was being a “Fighter”. BJ is a combination of a gifted athlete and a fighter. His nickname “the Prodigy” came from his ability to make such a huge impact on BJJ and MMA in such a short amount of time. His flexibility, strength and timing made him that. Coaches from all sports talk about the “intangibles”. Those “intangibles” are what makes BJ great. As a “competitor” BJ was not necessarily the best and here is why….Of course BJ wanted to win all his fights, but more important to him than winning was the challenge. He never cared about “padding” his record. He never cared about “warm up” fights. The end result was never the reason he took fights. He has and continues to want to fight the best and toughest guys out there…..PERIOD. Demand a champion from another weight class meet him half way between the weight classes before he fights him? Never! He went to where they were and fought them. Hold a guy down on the ground and try to win in boring fashion? Never! He tried to finish everyone he fought. Use his world class BJJ to win fights? Not his first choice….he wanted to knock people out regardless of how big, strong or heavy an opponent was. He never cared if he was the underdog or if others thought he was foolish for fighting heavier opponents. He just wanted to “Scrap.”

So in closing, is BJ the greatest MMA has ever seen……definitely in the conversation but arguable. Is BJ the greatest “FIGHTER” the UFC has ever seen…..undeniable. B….whatever you decide you need to do for your future, I will always be a friend and fan! Much love brother!”

Couldn’t have said it any better. Mahalo nui loa BJ Penn for all that you have done and will do for the future of martial arts locally and globally.

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Stupid tech idea of the day!!!

German designer Lorenz Potthast has created the Decelerator Helmet, a tool that allows users to augment their perception of actual time. While the concept is dope, the physical product needs some tweaking. 

Having the “power” to slow down your perception of time is a great tool if you enjoy studying real time habits. But the draw back of looking and acting like a drunk that just left a DeadMau5 concert earns this great 21st century creation the honor of “Stupid Tech Idea of the Day.”

*If you can’t afford the time and money to create your own Decelerator Helmet you can always substitute it with a bottle of Jack and fish bowl wrapped in aluminum.

Don’t do drugs kids… 

(Source: vimeo.com)

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Manti Te’o: Hawaii’s Heisman Hopeful
It was just announced that Hawaii native and Notre Dame Senior Linebacker Manti Te’o has been named a finalist for this years Heisman trophy. Te’o who has 7 interceptions (tied for 2nd in the nation) along with 101 tackles has been the emotional and vocal leader for the #1 ranked Fighting Irish. This will be the first year since 1980 that a pure defensive player (doesn’t participate in special teams) has been nominated and if Te’o were to win he would be the first pure defensive player to win the Heisman. 
This is no easy task for Te’o as he is running against two Quarterbacks in Collin Klein (Kansas State) and front runner Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M). History also doesn’t bold so well for Te’o as the last defensive player to win the Heisman was Michigan Wolverine Charles Woodson in 1997. 
While I believe Te’o deserves to win the Heisman, the truth is that ESPN is such a “hype machine” and over the last couple of days all Heisman coverage has been focused on freshman “Johnny Football.”
One interesting scenario to watch out for. Since Te’o is the loan player who isn’t a QB, what might happen is that he could win a majority of the 2nd place votes and leave the Klein and Manziel lovers splitting 1st and 3rd place votes.
*The Heisman trophy is awarded to the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.  

Manti Te’o: Hawaii’s Heisman Hopeful

It was just announced that Hawaii native and Notre Dame Senior Linebacker Manti Te’o has been named a finalist for this years Heisman trophy. Te’o who has 7 interceptions (tied for 2nd in the nation) along with 101 tackles has been the emotional and vocal leader for the #1 ranked Fighting Irish. This will be the first year since 1980 that a pure defensive player (doesn’t participate in special teams) has been nominated and if Te’o were to win he would be the first pure defensive player to win the Heisman. 

This is no easy task for Te’o as he is running against two Quarterbacks in Collin Klein (Kansas State) and front runner Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M). History also doesn’t bold so well for Te’o as the last defensive player to win the Heisman was Michigan Wolverine Charles Woodson in 1997. 

While I believe Te’o deserves to win the Heisman, the truth is that ESPN is such a “hype machine” and over the last couple of days all Heisman coverage has been focused on freshman “Johnny Football.”

One interesting scenario to watch out for. Since Te’o is the loan player who isn’t a QB, what might happen is that he could win a majority of the 2nd place votes and leave the Klein and Manziel lovers splitting 1st and 3rd place votes.

*The Heisman trophy is awarded to the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.  

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